I get a ton of compliments on this bag. it looks good and is very versatil. Plus, it's a Maxped, so you know it's virtually indestructible.
They planned the layout of the storage areas really well. There's lots of elastic storage straps everywhere and compression straps/cords to keep your gear from rattling around.
It's tough as hell, too: I've comfortably carried 35# of books and tools in it on occasion w/ little or no effort. It also has more internal volume than I'd have guessed at a glance, especially the bottom outer compartment.
My only small gripe, if you can call it a gripe, is that the side w/ the main zipper is a little too busy. This is where all the side MOLLE straps are and the where the zippers for the front pouches need to be when you swing it around front. This puts too many cords and tabs and zipper-pulls in the way when you're accessing the main compartment.
I put a JANUS pouch on the strap for those things you need often w/out swinging it around front and a Mini Roly Poly to the flap where the strap meets the bag at the bottom. I think they look good and add a lot of extra storage.
Pros: Rugged/well-made, versatility, storage planning, payload, looks really cool
Cons: zipper/tab/strap configuration on main zipper panel, not much else
This review was written in the old system and had content requirements that are different than reviews written today.